How to Have a Raw Food Thanksgiving

Four Parts:Plan Your Raw Food Thanksgiving in AdvanceSelect the Raw Food Main Course RecipesPrepare a Variety of Side DishesOffer Traditional Thanksgiving Raw Food Desserts

Following a raw food diet can be challenging, especially on holidays with traditional cooked dishes. Follow the steps below to pull together a hearty, filling, and delicious raw food menu for Thanksgiving.

Part 1
Plan Your Raw Food Thanksgiving in Advance

Whenever you organize an event based around food that requires strict dietary guidelines, it is wise to arrange the details in advance. This goes beyond creating a thorough grocery list to giving guests advanced notice of your dietary restrictions and even testing recipes.

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    Inform guests of your dietary preferences. If you will be hosting, consider inviting guests to bring cooked dishes for themselves and other non-raw food dieters to eat.
    • If you will be attending another family’s Thanksgiving, consider bringing a few raw dishes for yourself and as side dishes or desserts for others.
  2. 2
    Plan the menu in advance. Many raw food recipes require marinades or soaking for tough grains and nuts, or considerable prep work in shredding, dicing, or chilling portions of the recipes.
  3. 3
    Consider sampling certain recipes in advance. If you are considering serving dishes you have never tried before or hosting non-raw food dieters, select a few recipes for a test run. Rate the recipes on texture, flavor, denseness, and similarity to non-raw food dishes.
  4. 4
    Consider a themed holiday menu. Planning the raw food Thanksgiving meal around an Asian, Indian, or Caribbean theme may make raw food dishes seem less unexpected and more festive for guests unaccustomed to the raw food diet.

Part 2
Select the Raw Food Main Course Recipes

Comforting main courses that offer the same satisfaction as a roasted turkey and stuffing can be hard to prepare on a raw food diet, but many delicious and filling raw food main course options exist. Imitation pasta dishes, raw food grain-based dishes, and meat substitutes will make the raw food Thanksgiving meals seem heartier and richer than cold salads only.

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    Serve raw manicotti] or lasagna. The familiar presentation and rich combination of tomatoes, herbs, zucchini, mushrooms, pine nuts, fresh herbs, and other flavorful raw ingredients will be filling and festive for guests of any dietary persuasion.
  2. 2
    Serve imitation meat dishes such as raw food spaghetti and "meatballs". Nutty balls of rich ingredients, coupled with a beefy flavor from burdock puree will have guests thinking they are eating the real thing.
  3. 3
    Create turkey-leg stuffed eggplant. Carve an eggplant into the shape of a turkey leg for each guest. Slice the eggplant in half lengthwise after it is shaped and scoop out the center of the wider end. Fill with a mix of diced peppers, mushrooms, tomato sauce, spices, and your favorite herbs. Serve the stuffed eggplant closed on a platter, arranged like turkey drumsticks.
  4. 4
    Choose themed dishes such as sushi or raw tacos. Carry the theme through to the side dishes (Asian Cole slaw or a spicy bean side dish, for instance).
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    Opt for raw food soup as a main course. Pureed soups can be creamy, comforting, and very flavorful on the raw food diet. The liquid form will also help fill guests up. Consider creamy spinach soup, cauliflower soup, or a tomato-based soup to provide more of a rich presentation and hearty taste than broth-based soups.

Part 3
Prepare a Variety of Side Dishes

Side dishes are perhaps the easiest selections to make for a raw food Thanksgiving. To make the meal particularly festive, select options that are close to those served at traditional Thanksgiving meals. The richer and more colorful each side dish is, the less likely a raw food Thanksgiving will feel sparse or unfulfilling.

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    Offer at least 2 salad options. Consider a traditional salad, such as a spinach Cesar salad, and a vegetable-based salad, such as watercress and red pepper salad or curried sugar snap pea salad.
  2. 2
    Bring color to the table through raw food side dishes. Consider serving stuffed red bell peppers, spinach and portabella mushroom quiche, Caribbean wild rice, and curried chickpeas and carrots.
  3. 3
    Offer “traditional” comfort foods as raw side dishes. Consider getting creative with side dishes like onion bread, cauliflower-based raw mashed potatoes, creamed corn, cranberry-apple stuffing, butternut squash, or a raw and warm green bean casserole].
  4. 4
    Offer cultural or unique raw food side dishes. Pull out the dehydrator to make “fried” onion rings] or whip up some spicy Thai vegetable wraps. Consider pulling in a few Mexican raw food recipes or adding curry and spices to a favorite rice and veggie dish for an Indian spin.

Part 4
Offer Traditional Thanksgiving Raw Food Desserts

What is Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? A raw food Thanksgiving can include many of the traditional flavors in desserts with differences only in texture in many cases. If you have a crowd that is more comfortable experimenting for Thanksgiving desserts, consider incorporating alternative raw food desserts such as pudding and cookies.

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    Make a raw food pumpkin pie. The traditional spices and a dash of coconut oil and almond milk give this recipe a nutty, rich, and hearty flavor.
  2. 2
    Serve a raw sweet potato casserole or pie. This is a hearty and filling casserole that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
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    Serve a raw apple pie. The presentation would trick even the most anti-raw food diner, and the combination of sweet honey and cinnamon is sure to please any guest.
  4. 4
    Offer non-traditional Thanksgiving desserts. Consider warmer winter recipes like raw blackberry crisp, raw oatmeal raisin cookies, and raw macaroons, or opt for year-round favorites like raw apple cranberry cheesecake, raw chocolate coconut ganache tart, and raw lemon meringue pie.


  • Take note of your favorite raw food recipes throughout the year to keep track of potential holiday-worthy dishes. This way planning will be easy for holiday gatherings and family get-togethers.


  • Thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables prior to preparation to prevent food-borne illness.

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